John Irving

1942 - Today

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John Winslow Irving (born John Wallace Blunt Jr.; March 2, 1942) is an American-Canadian novelist and screenwriter. Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The World According to Garp in 1978. Many of Irving's novels, including The Cider House Rules (1985), A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), and A Widow for One Year (1998), have been bestsellers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Irving has received more than 1,438,312 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). John Irving is the 644th most popular writer (up from 696th in 2019), the 683rd most popular biography from United States (up from 718th in 2019) and the 73rd most popular American Writer.

John Irving is a novelist who is most famous for his novels "The World According to Garp" and "A Prayer for Owen Meany."

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  • 40

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  • 6.95

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  • 2.93

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Among writers, John Irving ranks 644 out of 5,794Before him are Vātsyāyana, Columella, Jean Froissart, Hind bint Utbah, Carlo Gozzi, and Meera. After him are Camilo José Cela, Poliziano, Aratus, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, Ryszard Kapuściński, and Jin Yong.

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Among people born in 1942, John Irving ranks 39Before him are José Eduardo dos Santos, Jochen Rindt, Mohamed ElBaradei, Giacinto Facchetti, Michael Bloomberg, and Wen Jiabao. After him are Javier Solana, Jacques Rogge, Frank Williams, Michel Mayor, Bob Hoskins, and Arto Paasilinna.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Irving ranks 683 out of 15,968Before him are Joseph McCarthy (1908), Thorstein Veblen (1857), Anne Bancroft (1931), John Cassavetes (1929), Ritchie Valens (1941), and Kenneth Arrow (1921). After him are Gene Wilder (1933), Robert Nozick (1938), Theodore William Richards (1868), Billy Graham (1918), Jonas Salk (1914), and H. H. Holmes (1861).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, John Irving ranks 73Before him are Robert Ludlum (1927), Patricia Highsmith (1921), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), Louise Hay (1926), Thomas Harris (1940), and L. Ron Hubbard (1911). After him are Dashiell Hammett (1894), Stephen Covey (1932), William Saroyan (1908), Ursula K. Le Guin (1929), Ambrose Bierce (1842), and John Dos Passos (1896).